Looking for a very simple embeddable Flash that can retrieve a JPEG image (this is a still image not a video feed) from a URL that is protected via basic HTTP Auth authentication. Not concerned about the safety of login information as it's actually public knowledge, but technical requirements force the authentication to be there.
I do not know Flash, but to do the same in Java would take me about 3 hours... just to give perspective on the size. I really am not trying to build an entire advanced viewer at this stage (but we may do this at a later date as explained near the end).
Network Connection/Error Handling
It is important to have smooth user experience. If the camera cannot be connected to a "Camera Offline" message will be displayed. During connection attempt to camera there should be a message indicating we are connecting to camera. Once an image is loaded, do not remove from view until next image is loaded and ready to be shown. If having trouble keeping up with user's requested refresh rate then scale down gracefully to a slower refresh - do not crash or being loading more than one image from the URL at the same time.
Minimum Experience Requirements:
Will only contract with bidders that can demonstrate experience with webcams (I am looking for some advice on eventually having pre-roll commercials and some other features, so need someone who has done this). Please do not bid without link or means to obtain a relevant portfolio.
All components must work with minimum of Internet Explorer 6 & 7, and recent versions of Netscape, FireFox, Safari, and Opera. Flash must of course be installed on these browsers.
Need it done by October 10th.
On successful completion we may have more work for you as this is an ongoing project (looking for advice on making it more advanced).